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The Famous Faces Gallery

Images of Famous Faces who have been photographed at Taunton Station.

25th November 2017
Famous former politician and railway travel presenter Michael Portillo visited Taunton on the 25th November 2017. He appeared at The Brewhouse Theatre presenting his talk 'Tale of Two Halves', the biographical evening recollected his time in Government and his more recent 9 series of Railway Journeys broadcast by the BBC. Mr Portillo announced during the entertaining evening that he'd traveled to Taunton 'using his senior railcard' for the princely sum of £46. We were lucky enough to catch up with Mr Portillo at Taunton Station before his train home, where he kindly agreed to one last photo before he returned to London Paddington. For the record keepers among us he caught the 1A35 17:40 from Penzance formed of powercars No.43183 and No.43158.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


16th November 2010
Royalty visited Taunton on Tuesday 16th November 2010 when HRH Prince Philip arrived in Taunton at 10:47 on the 09:06 from London Paddington (traveling on board a scheduled FGW service, 43042+43146). The Prince was wearing his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform. He swiftly passed through the station into a waiting car, where he was taken to Norton Manor Camp where he presented Taunton's own 40 Commando with their campaign medals. The next day 40 Commando marched through Taunton at 11am as part of their homecoming and to remember the fallen heroes from their most recent tour of duty where 14 of their soldiers never returned.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


10th February 2010
Taunton saw some real Royalty on the 10th February 2010 when The Duke of Gloucester visited Taunton to carry out a string of engagements in Somerset. The Duke arrived on First Great Westerns 1C74 08:18 Paddington - Exeter formed of 43087 and 43143 'Stroud 700'. It was quite apt that on the day of the visit Taunton also had two Royal locomotives operating on the Taunton - Cardiff loco hauled services. The Duke first visited the newly opened Beacon Centre at Musgove Park Hospital before moving on to open a Care Village built on the site of the former Cheddar Valley line at Sandford and Banwell.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


18th April 2007
The 18th April 2007 saw a Celebrity TV Chef take up residence on Taunton's centre platforms. Brian Turner (from Ready Steady Cook fame) was employed by Great Western to promote a new buffet menu for it's refurbished trains. The TV chef visited several stations in the South West cooking toasted steak sandwiches on a portable griddle. Passengers were treated to sample some of Brian's cooking.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


18th April 2007
The 18th April 2007 saw a Celebrity TV Chef take up residence on Taunton's centre platforms. Brian Turner (from Ready Steady Cook fame) was employed by Great Western to promote a new buffet menu for it's refurbished trains. The TV chef visited several stations in the South West cooking toasted steak sandwiches on a portable griddle. Passengers were treated to sample some of Brian's cooking.
(Photo: Jeff Treece)


4th October 2003
The Taunton area has been graced by a few celebrities over the years, but none quite have the love for railways as Pete Waterman does. Pete once had several of his steam locomotives based on the West Somerset Railway and he thinks nothing of spending an entire weekend with his overalls on driving and firing them. He's a familiar face of TV and Railway Events and it's great to see him on the West Somerset Railway. These images were taken during October 2003 when he was driving his Steam Locomotive 5224.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


1st November 2002
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is pictured at Minehead on November 1st 2002 having travelled to Minehead by Royal Train. the Duke inspected GWR 4-6-0 Manor No. 7820 'Dinmore Manor' at Mienhead which displayed the Royal headcode.
(Photo: Brian Garrett)


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